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Prescient Provocateur

Rummana Hussain

by Jyoti Dhar

DISSECTED PROJECTION (detail), 1993, wood, mirror, terra-cotta, acrylic and mud, 

wall-mounted pot: 45.7 x 45.7 cm; wooden box: 152.4 x 91.4 x 61 cm; acrylic box: 91.4 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm. 

All images courtesy estate of the artist and Talwar Gallery, New York/New Delhi.

On a sunlit afternoon in Mumbai, surrounded by a handful of well-wishers and cultural peers, Rummana Hussain (1952-99) embarked upon her inaugural performance piece, Living on the Margins (1995). As she slowly walked around the open courtyard of the National Centre…

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